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William F. and Norma (Strong) Deacon Papers


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Litchfield High School Papers



Army Discharge Paper and Envelope

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William F. and Norma (Strong) Deacon Papers, 1951-1996 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Kathy Craughwell-Varda

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Title: William F. and Norma (Strong) Deacon Papers, 1951-1996Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1954-1955

Primary Creator: Norma Strong Deacon (1933-2010)

Other Creators: William F. Deacon (1933-2006)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 02/18/2011

Subjects: Litchfield High School, United States -- History -- Korean War

Forms of Material: Letters (correspondence)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The William F. and Norma Strong Deacon Papers (2011-26-0, 2011-05-0, 2011-07-0, 2012-03-0) include Litchfield High School graduation and reunion materials, photographs, correspondence between William F. Deacon and Norma Strong while he was serving in the Army in German and William F. Deacon's army discharge paper and evelope.

William Deacon's brother, Dave, and his sister-in-law, Priscilla (Pris), who worked with Norma Strong at W. T. Grant in Hartford, suggested that the two write each other, although they had never met.  Their correspondence began in June 1954 and continued weekly until March 1955 when William Deacon returned to Connecticut, finishing his enlistment early.  They married in June 1956.

Collection Historical Note

William F. Deacon, the son of Arthur D. and Rosalind (Blanchard) Deacon, and was born April 6, 1933.  He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1951 and went to work for his father's construction company, A. D. Deacon & Sons Builders.  He served in the US Army from 1954-1955.  He and his wife were pen pals during his military service and married a year after his return in June 1956.  They had six children together.  William Deacon eventually took over operation of his father' s company.  He was also a member of the First Congregational Church in Litchfield, the First National Bank of Litchfield Advisory Committee and Vice President of the East Cemetery Association.  He died January 26, 2006.

Norma Strong Deacon, the daughter of Ernest Frederick and Ruth (Collins) Strong, was born June 18, 1933.  After graduating from Manchester High School in 1951 she attended Westbrook College in Portland, Maine were she earned an Associate Degree in Business in 1953.  She was encouraged to write to her future husband, William Deacon, by his sister-in-law and her co-worker at W. T. Grant, Priscilla Deacon.  They were married in June 1956 and had 6 children.  Norma Deacon died September 28, 2010.

Subject/Index Terms

Litchfield High School
United States -- History -- Korean War

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Cindy Birkins

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials: Graduation tassel and riffles in the Museum Collection.

Preferred Citation: William F. and Norma (Strong) Deacon Papers, (2011-05-0, 2011-07-0, 2011-26-0, 2012-03-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield,

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[Series 1: Litchfield High School Papers, 1951-1996],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Army Discharge Paper and Envelope, 1961],

Series 1: Litchfield High School Papers, 1951-1996Add to your cart.
High school progress report and diploma of William F. Deacon, as well as school reunion programs.
Folder 1: Diploma and School PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Class Reunion ProgramsAdd to your cart.

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[Series 1: Litchfield High School Papers, 1951-1996],
[Series 2: Photographs],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Army Discharge Paper and Envelope, 1961],

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